July 14, 1943

Black Market in Eggs a Problem
WASHINGTON, D.C—The War Food Administration (WFA) announced today the allocations for civilian use of canned foodstuff. Of the supply of canned vegetables and soups, seventy per cent will be designated for civilians. Of the supply of canned fruits and juices, fifty-three per cent will be for civilians. These allocations, which will be for the next twelve months, are slightly less than current. Meanwhile, The Producers’ Price Current publication from the New York Mercantile Exchange is reporting egg purchases “…continue to fall off steadily…more rapidly than production is dropping.” It went on to say the logical conclusion is the development of a black market for eggs. This comes only three days after the Office of Price Administration (OPA) set the price ceiling for eggs on the Eastern Seaboard.

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